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So a Community Urban Garden is Popping Up on Spring Street in DTLA

March 21, 2016 by Brian Champlin

Looking for somewhere in downtown Los Angeles where you can carve out a space and grow your own fresh produce?

Check it.

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A group of downtown L.A. residents have been volunteering their time to turn a 2,700 square-foot lot at 220. S. Spring St. into a bountiful community garden that will not only beatify the area, but will facilitate residents in growing their own fresh, organic food.

It’s called the Spring Street Community Garden, and with a little help from the powers that be, it should soon be a reality, even as soon as the beginning of May.

According to a write-up by Eddie Kim in the Los Angeles Downtown News,  the volunteer-run project has received support from the Los Angeles Community Garden Council, Joe’s Parking and District City Councilman José Huizar, including free land use from Joe’s for the next five years plus $15,000 in discretionary funding from the councilman.

Right now the project is scheduled to completed by the end of April, with 40 planters expected to be available for rent once it’s finished.

The hope is that the space will not only be of practical use in terms of producing crops but will also be a hub for teaching urban gardening techniques and educating the public on sustainable growing practices.

If you’re interested in getting involved or renting a spot applications are being accepted from March 1-27, 2016.

Beds will be assigned by lottery from the finalized pool of applicants.

If you end up getting selected you will be assigned a bed and will be expected to maintain it for the term of the rental agreement.

Garden plot fees start at $120 per year.

Even if you aren’t selected via the lottery you can still volunteer to work in the communal garden (there’s a checkbox in the garden rental application you can mark if you’re interested in volunteering).

For more information on the project, visit springstreetcommunitygarden.org.

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